“This is Our Every Day”

This past fall, my in-laws came down for a visit and we were able to show them the new property, tour them around the area a little, and just enjoy their company.

Friday evening after their arrival, we had taco salad for dinner. Saturday morning, I made biscuits and gravy. For lunch, we had grilled sandwiches. Dinner that evening was homemade ham and bean soup with salad, and we had apple pie for dessert.

The comment was made that we were spoiling them with my cooking, to which Hubs immediately replied, “This is our every day.”

I laughed at his remark, but then, it gave me pause.

It was over two years ago, now, we made the decision to stop purchasing boxed cereal. We’ve had hot breakfasts every morning for the last couple of years. Whether it’s eggs, bacon, pancakes, oatmeal – I wake up and cook a hot meal to start our days with. It’s been the way for so long now, it seems second nature.

For lunches, we generally have sandwiches or leftovers from the night before. I have never liked, and still don’t to this day, making lunch. Delicatessen (or charcuterie if you’re fancy) is my favorite kind of lunch. Simply throw stuff on a plate (meats, fruits, cheeses, crackers) and let the kids feed themselves. Glorious.

For dinners, it’s almost always a hot meal, homemade. (Now that we’ve moved, especially, since The Mainline isn’t in our backyard anymore and we can’t just call in an order when we don’t feel like cooking.)

Desserts aren’t a staple, but when we do have them, they’re homemade and usually from scratch.

This is our every day.

But there was a time when this would have been impossible. There was a time when we ate food from a drive through more than we ate anything homemade.

There was a time when our cupboards were filled with more food-like products, but not real food. There was a time when cooking was too much of a chore and not at all a second-nature-way-of-life.

And now we’re in a time where home cooked meals and hot breakfasts are thought of as giving extra special treatment to people, though it’s our every day.

So yes. We are spoiling people and giving them the best we have to offer. Cooking is a lot of work sometimes and meal planning and prep can be quite the chore.

But we’ve made it that much of a priority for our health, our peace-of-mind, and our way of life, on purpose.

This is our every day not because we’re showing off, not because we have all the time in the world, not because we’re haughty in any way… but because it matters to our household, to our family.

Having food we control the ingredients of, we know where it comes from, we know the benefits it holds, is our preferred way of eating.

We are spoiling ourselves, with the best options we possibly can. Every day. After all, Jesus says in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” I think spoiling ourselves with home cooked meals is a great way to enjoy life to the fullest.

I’ll share with you that I don’t love to spend every day, every meal, in the kitchen. It’s not my favorite thing in the world to plan, cook, clean, for meals. What I lack in passion for it, however, I make up for in purpose.

We eat this way for many reasons. Spoiling friends and family just happens to be a bonus perk.

This is our every day.

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